Dec 11, 2019  
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 
USC Catalogue 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance (Vocal Arts) (BM)

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The Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts performance consists of course work in the major, core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting, ensembles) and USC's general education and writing program.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to Thornton programs is granted through the USC admission process. Applicants are screened by appropriate faculty selection committees. Specific entrance requirements are reviewed on an annual basis and published online at

General Education Requirements

The university's General Education  program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. This program is effective for all students entering USC in fall 2015 or later, or transfer students beginning college elsewhere at that time and subsequently transferring to USC. It requires eight courses in six Core Literacies, plus two courses in Global Perspectives (which may double-count with courses in the Core Literacies) and two courses in writing. In addition, all entering freshmen are expected to complete a General Education Seminar during their first year at USC. These seminars satisfy one of the Core Literacy requirements above.

Note that courses within the major will also satisfy certain Core Literacy requirements. Please work with your major adviser to determine those courses.

Capstone Projects

A junior and senior recital must be completed under approved faculty supervision and guidance. The faculty of the department of the student's major program determines the detailed requirements of the recitals, including content, length, format, and other specifications. In cases in which a performance venue is required in order to present the recitals, reservations must be made according to the current guidelines of the Music Operations office.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education *

  • WRIT 150 Writing and Critical Reasoning–Thematic Approaches Units: 4
  • Core Literacies

    GE-A: The Arts (one course)

    GE-B: Humanistic Inquiry (two courses)

    GE-C: Social Analysis (two courses)

    GE-D: Life Sciences (one course)

    GE-E: Physical Sciences (one course)

    GE-F: Quantitative Reasoning (one course)

    Global Perspectives

    GE-G: Citizenship in a Global Era (one course)

    GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations (one course)


  • WRIT 340 Advanced Writing Units: 3, 4

Lessons (19 units)

Music Ensembles (6 units)

Large ensemble electives: four 1-unit courses**

Ensemble electives: two 1-unit courses

Foreign Language (16 units)

Electives (5 units)

Capstone Projects

Junior Recital: 0 units

Senior Recital: 0 units

Total required for degree: 132

* With correct planning, only 28 units (5 GE and 2 Writing courses) will be needed outside of your major requirements.

**Transfer credit may not fulfill the large ensemble requirement.

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